Nova Scotia

Dalhousie to hike tuition

Nova Scotia's largest university plans tuition hikes of three to 14 per cent for the upcoming school year, CBC News has learned.

Increases of 10 to 14 per cent for some programs

Nova Scotia's largest university plans tuition hikes of three to 14 per cent for the upcoming school year, CBC News has learned.

The Dalhousie University Board of Governors will vote on the increases next week. It will affect 16,000 students.

The proposed increases are three per cent for general tuition, six per cent for law, 10 per cent for medicine, 14 per cent for dentistry and a 10 per cent increase for international students.

This year, the Dexter government reduced the provincial grant to universities by four per cent and allowed them to increase tuition by three per cent for most programs.

Planning documents released last month said the funding cut would leave the university with a budget shortfall of $14.6-million. The school needs to reduce spending by 6.5 per cent in order to balance its books.

"The universities have to make up their lost revenues in some way and they are doing that by increasing," said Chris Saulnier, president of the Dalhousie Student Union.

Saulnier sits on the Board of Governors. He said there's no doubt the board will approve the hikes when it meets next week.

"It's pretty much a given that the university, the board, will be approving the three per cent tuition increase on Tuesday," he told CBC News.

Saint Mary's University has already announced it will raise tuition by three per cent for the 2011-12 school year and reduce department budgets by up to 10 per cent.

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